Recommendations to the Board

ALAC Advice Status | GAC Advice Status | RSSAC Advice Status | SSAC Advice Status


The Board receives recommendations from a variety of sources from the ICANN community, including advice from the Advisory Committees as set forth in Article 12 of ICANN's Bylaws. As part of the Process Documentation Initiative in 2017, a workflow document and handbook were created to provide more transparency into the Board Advice Process.

This page provides information on the status of advice to the Board from the Advisory Committees identified below:

  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

As of December 2019, actions and updates related to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) are now included on this page. You may also refer to more information regarding GAC Advice on the GAC website.

Latest Advice to the ICANN Board

As of 2 May 2022

Advisory Committee Date Advice Document
At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) 2 May 2022

ALAC Advice to the Board on the ICANN74 Travel Acknowledgement

Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) 25 March 2021 ICANN71 Virtual Policy Forum GAC Communiqué
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) 3 February 2022 RSSAC047v2 RSSAC Advisory on Metrics for the DNS Root Servers and the Root Server System
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) 5 August 2021 SAC119: Feedback to the GNSO Transfer Policy Review PDP WG

Advice Status Reports

The following reports provide status and details of related resolutions, scorecards, and implementation actions for advice items issued by the ALAC, RSSAC, SSAC, and GAC:

  • ALAC, RSSAC, and SSAC Report [PDF | XLSX]
    • In consultation with the Advice Providers, quarterly reporting will begin in 2022 to improve efficiency.
  • GAC Report [PDF | XLSX] (as of 6 August 2021)
    • See also the latest letter from the ICANN Board to the GAC detailing status of GAC Advice in the Action Request Register (ARR).

Information on individual items for each Advisory Committee can be found on the individual Advisory Committee Advice Status pages (linked at the top of this page).

Summary of Advice Items by Advisory Committee

Phase ALAC GAC RSSAC SSAC Total Items by Phase
Phase 1 | Receive & Acknowledge - 1 - - 1
Phase 2 | Understand 43 - 4 10 57
Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider 8 17 9 3 37
Phase 4 | Implement 2 5 5 18 30
Phase 5 | Close - 4 3 18 25
Total Open Items by
Advisory Committee
53 27 21 49 150
Total Items Closed in
Past 12 Months
0 6 4 21 31

Archived Status Reports

ALAC, RSSAC, and SSAC:

September 2021 [PDF | XLSX] | October 2021 [PDF | XLSX] December 2021 [PDF | XLSX]

GAC: June 2020 [PDF | XLSX] | July 2020 [PDF | XLSX] | October 2020 [PDF | XLSX]

Action Request Register Phases and Descriptions

Advice to the Board is processed via a five-phase process, as described below. Click on the individual advice status pages for each Advisory Committee for more detailed information regarding the phases.

Action Request Register Phases and Descriptions

Background on the Action Request Register (ARR) and Board Advice Reporting

The ICANN Organization developed the Action Request Register (ARR) process framework, described in more detail in the pages above, to manage community requests to the ICANN Board and Organization in a consistent, efficient, and transparent manner. Centralized processes were implemented to accommodate advice to the Board from ICANN's Advisory Committees including: the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

In October 2016, ICANN issued a status report to the ALAC, RSSAC and SSAC on historical advice to the ICANN Board issued between 2010 and mid-2015. The Board's status reports on historical items can be found below. Updated Status on all items can be found in the reports listed above.

  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]

In September 2019, ICANN issued a status report to the GAC on historical advice from 2013 to 2019. The status report can be found below. Updated status reports can be found above.

  • Governmental Advisory Committee (10 September 2019) [PDF]

Important note: The Board Resolutions are as reported in the Board Meeting Transcripts, Minutes & Resolutions portion of ICANN's website. Only the words contained in the Resolutions themselves represent the official acts of the Board. The text provided in this database explaining Resolutions is an interpretation that has no official authority and does not represent the purpose behind the Board actions, nor does any explanation or interpretation modify or override the Resolutions themselves. Resolutions can only be modified through further action by the ICANN Board.